FANDOM


Metal Machine is the ninth song on Primo Victoria album by Sabaton.

Information

  • The song lyrics consists of various rock and heavy metal song titles and the song is considered a tribute to the bands that wrote them.
  • In the early days of the band's performances, Joakim would change chorus of Metal Machine to the chorus of "Vacker utan spackel" by Swedish pop-rock musician Joakim Hillson.

Pär: "Sometimes when we play "Metal Machine" we end up with a different text. We use the lyrics from one of the stupidest songs that has ever managed to be played on the radio. Translated, it means something like "beautiful without make up". And it fits perfectly into the melody of our song. So we take a break in the middle of the song, and then start with the other text. At first people stare at us and then laugh and sing along. It really is the stupidest song ever in Sweden, everyone hates it and people know we only play it because it came on the radio so many times. Therefore everyone knows it and sings along and has fun with it. Sometimes we have fun and ask the audience: "Would you sing the worst song ever in Sweden with the band?"

  • The last time the band performed the song entirely (altough shortened), without Metal Crüe, was on the Swedish TV4 (with a shortened version of Cliffs Of Gallipoli), during the program "Nyhetsmorgon" 2.07.2008.[1]
  • The song was played as the last song (as Metal Medley, with Metal Crüe) on Sabaton concerts until 2011.

Background

Joakim: "I (...) wrote lyrics to "Metal Machine" in the bathroom, on toilet paper, with a cardboard beer crate as a support!"[2]

Joakim:  "(...) The band was after me to come up with some lyrics, and so I sat down to ponder the lyrics, while my stomach did its own dance of death.[3]

Peter Tägtgren had given me these Metal 'zines to read, and all these big bands were on the cover, so that is when the melody came to me, and I wrote the lyrics."

Joakim: "(...) it’s also funny to write these songs. It's a lot of fun writing the music and lyrics. The boys lock me into the rehearsal room with a pen, where I then have to write the lyrics on toilet paper or on the back of a beer mat. And they don't let me out until I'm done with it. (Laughs)."[4]

Pär: "To make things a little bit happier, we made these last songs on the albums, "Metal Machine" and "Metal Crüe". They are there to make us look a little friendlier than we actually are."[5]

Songs referenced in "Metal Machine"

Verse 1:

  • Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark, Afraid To Shoot Strangers
  • W.A.S.P. - Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
  • Def Leppard - Animal
  • Judas Priest – All Guns Blazing
  • KISS - Love Gun
  • Judas Priest - The Sentinel
  • Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
  • Black Sabbath - Paranoid
  • Guns 'N' Roses - Paradise City
  • The Doors - The End
  • Anthrax – Madhouse
  • Judas Priest - Breaking The Law

Chorus:

  • Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes To Midnight
  • Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon
  • Dio - Rainbow In The Dark
  • Manowar - Kings Of Metal
  • Helloween – Ride The Sky

Verse 2:

  • Metallica - St. Anger
  • Ozzy Osbourne - Ultimate Sin
  • Deep Purple - Black Knight
  • Rainbow - Gates Of Babylon
  • Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil
  • Gene Simmons – Always Near You / Nowhere To Hide
  • Manowar - Fighting The World
  • W.A.S.P. - Wild Child
  • Accept - Metal Heart
  • Accept - Balls To The Wall
  • Sabaton - Masters of the World

Lyrics

I have a phobia, a fear of the dark
Afraid to shoot strangers, the animal talks

Guns scare me shitless, but love gun’s my friend
The Sentinel’s coming, but is this the end?

Riding on this crazy train I’m going paranoid
Watch me lose my mind and break the law
(breaking the law, breaking the law)

I’m a metal machine
It’s close to midnight and he’s barking at the moon
I’m a metal machine
The rainbow in the dark is shining
Unholy metal machine
It’s close to midnight and he’s barking at the moon
I’m a metal machine
The kings of metal ride the sky

Is this st. Anger, the ultimate sin
Or have I really a black knight within?

The gates of Babylon are open and wide
Shout at the devil, there’s nowhere to hide

Fighting for the world to keep the wild child in its cage
Broke my metal heart against the wall
(balls to the wall, balls to the wall)

I’m a metal machine
It’s close to midnight and he’s barking at the moon
Unholy metal machine
The rainbow in the dark is shining
I’m a metal machine
It’s close to midnight and he’s barking at the moon
Come touch my metal machine
The kings of metal ride the sky

Come touch my metal machine
It’s close to midnight and he’s barking at the moon
I’m a metal machine
The rainbow in the dark is shining
Come suck metal machine
It’s close to midnight and he’s barking at the moon
I’m the metal machine
The kings of metal ride the sky

Come blow my metal machine
It’s close to midnight and he’s barking at the moon
I’m a metal machine
The rainbow in the dark is shining
Come touch my metal machine
No, we will never fall
We’re masters of the world
Come suck my metal machine
No, we will never fall
We’re masters of the…

References

  1. Sabaton.net
  2. Primo Victoria booklet
  3. metalcovenant.com
  4. metal.de
  5. [1] hardharderheavy.de (WebArchive.org, retrieved 01.02.2020)]
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.